PG8601 - Specialized Reservoir Simulation Models


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 1 hours D

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the formulation and use of specialized reservoir simulation techniques for optimal and sustainable utilization of the reservoirs, including application in improved recovery techniques. The course contains (but not limited to):

  • Compositional reservoir simulation models with applications within different gas injection processes.
  • Alternative models for miscible gas injection processes.
  • Water-based models for polymer flooding and tracer techniques.
  • Models for fractured reservoirs.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: By completing the course the candidate will gain a deeper insight into the various reservoir simulation tools available for analyzing different recovery methods. The candidate will also gain knowledge about physical parameters controlling these different processes and their implications. This knowledge can be used in hydrocarbon reservoir recovery or other applications such as carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS), hydrogen storage, study of aquifers (groundwater systems), and geothermal reservoirs. The candidate will also get experience in reading and extracting information from publications.

Skills: The candidate shall be able to:

  • Select an appropriate digital tool (simulation software) for the problem to be solved.
  • Analyze the reservoir simulator's input parameters for the process to be described.
  • Apply reservoir simulation with higher confidence.
  • Argue for the choice of simulation software and the consequence it has for the process description.

General competence: The candidate will gain a deeper insight into the build-up of different reservoir simulation software, their different parameters and how they impact process description. The candidate will be able to communicate this knowledge to others and pursue deeper into the various subject areas on his/her own. The candidate will also use programming languages for problem solving and will develop competences within data analysis.

Learning methods and activities

Self-study and colloquia, schedule is planned by participants.

Further on evaluation

To pass the course, a score of at least 70 percent (70 out of 100 points) is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

TPG4160 Reservoir Simulation or equivalent. Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, specialization within Reservoir Engineering and Petrophysics, or approval from the person with course responsibility.

Course materials

1. SPOR Monograph (M.). 2. Reservoir Simulation, SPE M. Vol.13. 3. Phase Behavior, SPE M. Vol.20. 4. Enhanced Oil Recovery, Prentice Hall. 5. Various articles.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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